Motorcycle Racing: Up, Close & Personal

Motorcycle Racing: Up Close & Personal

Will told me of his passion for motorcycle racing the day I met him. With what I now know as his “serious face,” he shared how he got into motorcycles and what he loved about racing. I sensed some hesitation when he told me about it. I think he was unsure what I would think. In the moment, I didn’t understand what this passion really meant or what it entailed, but I loved seeing this guy I had just met was so dedicated and passionate about a sport that was so very different from his 9 to 5 job.

Fast forward to last weekend. I finally went with Will to a motorsports park to cheer for him and his teammate as they competed in a 4 hour endurance race. While I’ve heard a lot about motorcycle racing and everything that encompasses it in the past couple years (thanks to Will!), I was excited to see all the action in person.

For those of you scratching your head, thinking, “um.. what is she talking about?” I’ll give you an overview of what this motorcycle racing thing entails. The people who race in these events usually buy parts to build their bike just how they like it. Then from April to October racing events are hosted at motorsports parks around the country which you can enter. There are different classes for the races based on the type of bike you have and how heavy it is. First, second and third place also get prize money (whoop whoop!).

The Similarities…

It is quite similar to Nascar, except the motorsports tracks are not a true circle (though I have been known to poke fun at Will for riding around in a “circle” all day :-D!). There are various levels of competitiveness. Some people do it purely for fun and stick to tracks near their home, while others have multiple sponsorships and travel tens of thousands of miles to go to several races each year.

To me, motorcyle racing is a lot like the day long swim events or the regattas I attended when I competitively rowed crew in high school. There is a similar, lengthy time commitment and travel involved that is usually not an element of other sports. Last weekend at the motorsports park, I remembered just how long my regattas were (6am-6pm easily) and traveling to other states to race. There’s also a similar “camping out that takes place” in between your races.

What Surprised Me…

There is a sense of comraderie I felt soon after I arrived at the motorsports park. It kind of felt like you were instantly in a club the minute you passed through the gate. Everyone was so friendly and willing to help out others, even if they could be considered competition. There was also a lot of humor and a lightheartedness that made me feel at ease despite a constant hubub of activity going on around us during the day.

The other surprising factor at the race track was how little people’s lives outside the track were discussed. People could tell you what bike so-and-so raced, how long he’s been racing but not what that person did for a living. Especially coming from the D.C. area, where the first question someone asks you is, “What do you do?” it was refreshing to escape that career-focused mentality and have fun.

Since going to the motorsports park and seeing Will in action, I’m even more impressed by his dedication with this sport. He and his teammate got 3rd place after the bike stalled and Will had to push it back to the starting line (I’m pretty sure I would have just called it a day after that ordeal!).

I also have a better understanding of his love for it. I’m pretty much the opposite in terms of my “need for speed.” I get nervous when I’m going “too fast” on water skis and I’m quite comfortable snowboarding on the novice slopes, averaging about 5mph! While I don’t have the desire to do what Will does and I do worry about his safety when he races, I loved seeing him doing something he loves and being able to give him my support in person.

Do you have a loved one who plays a sport you initially knew nothing about? I’d love to hear your thoughts and your impression of motorcycle racing. Let me know if you have any questions, too.

Cheers!

Sarah Camille

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Sixteen Staples for your Summer Wardrobe

As summer un-officially begins this weekend, it’s perfect timing to share with you my summer essentials. These are items I own or am eyeing to buy soon. I love to catch a good sale, and several of these items are already on sale. I suspect more items will go on sale in connection to the holiday weekend. So keep your eye out for some good deals!

The sixteen items below are a mix of current trends we are seeing in the fashion world and classic clothes that will be essential for many summers to come. Take a look and let me know what you think!

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 THE RUN DOWN:

1. BOBEAU RUFFLE HEM GAUZE PONCHO, $60

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2. BOBEAU PEPLUM FLORAL COLD SHOULDER SHIRT, $25 (sale price!)

3. KUT FROM THE KLOTH AMELIA DENIM JACKET, $79

4. BOBEAU PRINTED RUFFLE SLEEVE SHIRT, $22 (sale price!)

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5. MAR Y SOL ‘COLLINS’ WOVEN TOTE, $129

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6. TULAROSA HENDERSON MAXI DRESS, $220

7. BANANA REPUBLIC SLEVELESS LACE INSET DRESS, $75 (sale price!)

8. MOSSIMO WOMEN’S GERTIE GLADIATOR SANDALS, $28

9. J.CREW BERRY PRINT PLEAT SKIRT, $98

10. BP. ONE-SHOULDER RUFFLE TOP, $21

11. SOLE SOCIETY PHOENIX SANDAL, $100

12. SOLE SOCIETY ‘KIANNA’ PERFORATED FAUX LEATHER CROSSBODY BAG, $60

13. KUT FROM THE KLOTH MIA TOOTHPICK SKINNY JEANS, $63

14. J.CREW JACKIE SHELL IN LEMON PRINT, $60

15. J.CREW FACTORY 3″ CHINO SHORT, $15 (sale price!)

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16. HUDSON NICO RIPPED ANKLE SUPER SKINNY JEANS, $185

You can’t go wrong this summer with floral tops and flowy skirts. Personally, I like to pair an edgier studded sandal with feminine clothes. It creates a unique contrast. Eyelet, off-the-shoulder tops, stripes and embroidery are also major trends for this year.

Do you have similar items in your wardrobe for this summer? Jean jackets and maxi dresses are a couple of my favorite summer staples. I also LOVE Target’s sandal selection for this summer. There are some great options if you haven’t checked it out yet.

Of course there’s one category for your summer wardrobe that’s missing from this list and that is swimwear. I’m working on a roundup for all the things you need for the pool or beah, so stay tuned.

Cheers!

Sarah Camille

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16 Summer Staples for your Summer Wardrobe

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Getting that Summer GLOW: Rodan + Fields Sunless Foaming Tan Review

An honest review of Rodan + Fields Essentials Sunless Foaming Tan

Hi friends!

Memorial Day weekend is a couple weeks away, and while it is most importantly a weekend to remember our military who sacrificed their lives, it is also an unofficial kickoff of summer. It’s often this time of year when I put on shorts for the first time and cringe when I see how pale my bare legs look. Cheers to all you out there who don’t care at all how pale you are!!

To take the edge off that cringeworthy moment, I often turn to sunless tanners. I swear, I try at least one new sunless tanning product each summer. I have never been very impressed by the higher end sunless tanning products because I feel they either aren’t worth the lengthy process or that they aren’t a good value for the results I got. My go-to sunless tanning product is often Jergen’s Natural Glow lotion because the color is pretty good and it is affordable ($10). But recently, my friend Emily, who is a consultant for Rodan + Fields, shared with me their Essentials Sunless Foaming Tan ($26) to try. So far, it’s been surprisingly effective as easy to use!

The best things about this product are – the value, easy application and the natural color! I noticed quickly that a little goes a long way. I used four pumps on each leg and two for each arm, and it doesn’t seem like I put a dent in it. I’m sure I could get more applications out of my Rodan + Fields  bottle than my usual Jergen’s lotion. So, the value of this product is really even with Jergen’s lotion. In addition, I applied my legs and arms in less than two minutes. The foamless tanning solution absorbed into my skin quickly and was easily applied evenly.

Then, after waiting the recommended two to four hours for the product to set in, I noticed how lovely the color was. It did not look orange at all. It truly looked like a sun-kissed glow. As a testament, Will was out when I put on the foamless tanner. When he arrived my tan had set in and he thought it looked nice and natural (score!).

My only gripe about this product is that because it is a light, clear, absorbing foam, it is hard to see exactly where you’ve applied. While a lotion takes longer, because it is a more substantial product, you can more easily feel and see where you’ve applied the lotion. So, there is a bit of a trade off for the quick application process.

  • A tip for the first time users: If you’re applying this Sunless Foaming Tan to prepare for an event. Apply it about 24 hours in advance and take a warm shower to gently wash your body. This way any little streaks or blotchy areas will be diminished.

I also really liked how the product faded with time, did not give me orange hands and did not bleed on sheets or towels. Bleeding is a problem I have had with many other tanning products, which can be really annoying. Overall, I am sure I’ll be using my Sunless Foaming Tan over the other comparables in my cabinet throughout this summer. The color and convenience factor really make this stuff standout.

I’d love to know if you have tried Rodan + Field’s Sunless Foaming Tan or any other Rodan + Fields product. This is the first R+F product I have tried, so I’m also curious if you all have any other recommendations from this brand.

If you’d like to know more about R+F’s sunless tanner or shop R+F products, check out Emily’s website for all the details.

Cheers!

Sarah Camille

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No-Bake Peanut Butter & Protein Oatmeal Cookies

Last year, I decided to make Will no-bake cookies before this 24-hour running relay race he was doing (it’s called Ragnar if it sounds like your kind of thing). I figured the oats and peanut butter would be good fuel to keep his energy up. Little did I know they’d be a major hit and devoured by everyone on the team.

Will said these cookies were just the ticket before a run when his energy was feeling low. Personally, I think these are most enjoyable when I am cuddled up on the couch wearing sweatpants after a long day. But however you eat them, I’m sure you’ll enjoy them!

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Here are the ingredients you need minus Muscle Milk, which I had already recycled!
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Here’s what the mixture should look like right before you scoop it onto the wax paper
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First batch is on wax paper.​

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 Sticks of Butter
  • 3 Cups of Sugar
  • 3/4 Cup of Muscle Milk
  • splash of vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 Cups Smooth Peanut Butter
  • 5 Cups of Quaker Oats

Steps:

  1. In a saucepan, mix butter, sugar and Muscle Milk over medium heat.
  2. Once the mixture reaches a rolling boil, let it sit for two minutes.
  3. After the two minutes is up, remove the saucepan from the heat and mix in peanut butter and vanilla extract.
  4. Next stir, in the oats one cup at a time. When all the oats are mixed in continue stirring as it cools.
  5. Once the mixture has thickened, scoop out spoonfuls on to wax paper and let them sit until they are hard.


This recipe makes about 30 cookies for me, but that can vary depending on how large you like them. I made this recipe after I was inspired with some similar ones online and decided to try it with Muscle Milk for an extra kick of protein. Of course, you can try the recipe with protein powder mixed into milk, if you’re looking for a similar way to get a protein boost.
Do you love no-bake cookies? Have you had or made peanut butter ones like these? I’d love to hear about it in the comments section.

Cheers to the weekend!

Sarah Camille

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25 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for $25 or Less

Mother’s day is 10 days away (hopefully you know that it is May 14th this year!), and if you need help trying to figure out what to get, look no further! I have compiled a list of 25 affordable gift ideas that are a little more unique than your typical flowers, card or framed photo, and will leave your mom feeling like the special woman she is.

While many mom’s love those, I hope these gift ideas inspire you to give a gift that reminds you of your mom. From my experience, those are the gifts that people love most. Look for a gift that suits the personality of the receiver. And hopefully, you also realize that you don’t have to break the bank to give a meaningful gift. It may be cliche, but the thought you put into it truly is what matters most.

Now without further ado, here are my gift ideas!

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  1. sara happ® The Lip Slip® Lip Balm $24
  2. kate spade new york glitter 16-ounce glass water bottle $21 (at 30% off)
  3. Fresh® Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15 $24
  4. Voluspa Maison Blanc Pink Citron 2-Wick Candle $16
  5. kate spade new york lemon recipe book $24 (at 30% off)
  6. Wild and Wolf x Ted Baker London Mini Notebook & Pen $22
  7. S’well Milky Way Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle $25
  8. Nadri Small Cubic Zirconia Stud Earrings $25
  9. Nordstrom Makers Chocolate Milk Chocolate Mints $21
  10. Luigi Bormioli ‘Wine Profiles Bold Reds’ Wine Glasses (Set of 2) $25
  11. Recover Pineapple iPhone 6/7 Case $20
  12. Catseye London Beach Hats Cosmetics Case $20
  13. BaubleBar Conch Tassel Drop Earrings $22 (at 40% off)
  14. Capelli of New York Frayed Straw Panama Hat $22
  15. Nadri Kate Pavé Open Ring $22 (at 50% off)
  16. Sole Society Tropical Print Bandana $23
  17. A.J. Morgan Dowager 52mm Sunglasses $24
  18. Cara Floral Twist Head Wrap $25
  19. Mario Badescu Strawberry Face Scrub $15
  20. Urban Decay Ultra Nourishing Lip Gloss $18 (at 10% off)
  21. Laura Mercier ‘Almond Coconut Milk’ Hand Crème $16 (at 10% off)
  22. Voluspa ‘Maison Blanc – Laguna’ Home & Body Mist $19
  23. Adeline Thong Sandals – Taupe – Mossimo Supply Co. $23
  24. Rosanna ‘You Da Mom’ Porcelain Trinket Tray $15
  25. The Created Co. Super Mom Mug, $15

I tried to create a gift guide with a lot of variety, so I hope you found it helpful! But whatever gift you give, don’t forget to communicate how and why you cherish your mother.

I’d love to hear what you have planned for Mother’s Day. If you are a mom, what are you most looking forward to? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Cheers!

Sarah Camille

P.S. Follow me on pinterest and pin this post so you have ideas on hand for your Mom’s birthday! 🙂

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